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A 33-year-old member asked:

How can i tell if my elbow is broken or sprained?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Get examined..: It is impossible to tell what you have based on the information/question. The mechanisim of injury(how you got hurt), the amount of pain, degree/range of motion you are able/not able to do, visible deformity etc..Are important determinants of the severity of your elbow problem. Xray/mri may be needed to evaluate fracture/ligamentous injury etc..If u r having much problem, consult doc. Good luck.
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Dr. Christopher Dougherty
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Elbow sprain: Typically sprains heal over 6-8 weeks, however severe sprains or complete tears sometimes require reconstructive surgery. Initial rest and ice with anti inflammatories help. If your elbow moves but is very painful, or if you cannot move it at all, i would see your orthopedist to rule out a fracture. Fractures may having a catching or crunching feeling when trying to move your elbow.
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How can you tell if elbow is broken?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
An x-ray: The best way to diagnose a fracture a bone or joint is my getting an x-ray. This coupled with an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon will establish the diagnosis and determine the treatment plan.
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